Paramedic fired for absenteeism, once again

Dismissal reasonable under Return to Work Agreement: Arbitrator
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/18/2016

A paramedic and 15-year employee for Emergency Medical Care in Nova Scotia was fired for excessive absenteeism, twice.

The employee — referred to in arbitration as "AB" — was first terminated by the employer in 2012. His union, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 727, grieved the dismissal and he was reinstated through a Return to Work Agreement in 2014.